John Pinette, a comedian known for his stand-up career and an appearance in the “Seinfeld” series finale, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on Saturday, according to reports. He was 50.
No cause of death has been released yet, though he was suffering from liver and heart disease, according to several outlets. Authorities have no suspicion of foul play at this time.
Along with his appearance as a carjacking victim in “Seinfeld,” his other credits include “Junior” (1994), “The Punisher” (2004) and “The Last Godfather.” (2010) His last hourlong stand-up special was 2011’s “Still Hungry.” The comedian was known for often poking fun at himself, and he was noted in the comedy world for his self-deprecating style.
His television credits include “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and “Vinnie & Bobby.” He was also noted for his impressions, including those of The Chipmunks and Elvis Presley.
He was in the middle of a live comedy tour at the time of his death, with his next performance to take place at a California comedy club called Ontario Improv, according to his Facebook page. The tour had dates from April-June in the U.S. and Canada.
Really breaks my heart to hear @JohnPinette has passed away. Obviously hilarious but just such a sweet guy.
— Steve Byrne (@stevebyrnelive) April 6, 2014
John Pinette and I worked on a film together. He was one of the most generous people I've ever worked with. A hilarious comedian. Sad loss.
— DC (@DaneCook) April 7, 2014
Really sad to hear about the passing of my friend John Pinette… He was an extremely funny guy and a great human… U will be missed…
— Russell Peters (@therealrussellp) April 6, 2014
Just was informed a great comedian and buddy John Pinette passed away Saturday. Horrible news. Never failed to make us cry laughing. On or
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) April 6, 2014
@JohnPinette sad to see him pass into the night and so young he was a funny fuck and a sweet heap of a man. Hope there's a buffet out there
— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) April 6, 2014
John Pinette. Funny man. Kind man. Rest in peace.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) April 6, 2014